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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”—Matthew 7:24 (NKJV)
You know the drill.
Parent: “Don’t touch the hot stove, you’ll be burned.”
Child touches stove. Cries.
Parent tends to child, cares for the burn, reinforces the lesson; all done in love.
It’s a picture as old as time, modeled by our heavenly Father. There are certain boundaries God provides called conditional covenants (Deuteronomy 28). Essentially, if you do this, I will provide this. While His love is unconditional, He is still a holy and just God. And if you are a parent, you understand the basis of boundaries.
Maybe you’ve heard this saying: “That’s the God of the Old Testament.” It’s rather curious to me that people use that phrase since the God of the Old and the God of the New are the same. God never changes (Malachi 3:6). Therefore, His expectations do not change. And what’s beautiful is that in the Old and New Testaments, the expectation is the same: An obedient heart (1 Samuel 15:22; John 14:15).
My spiritual mom, Marianne, always says, “Obedience is key. Trust the Lord.” In the heart of a person with a fleshly nature, that’s rather difficult. But God has placed within believers a certain measure of faith, and when we walk in obedience according to that faith we see the impact of it in our walk with Him and the lives of others.
Perfect example: the nobleman in John 4. This man, with a measure of faith, comes to Jesus requesting healing for his son who is miles away. At that instant Jesus tells the man his boy is healed and to go his way. No questions asked, the man believes the words Jesus spoke, obeyed, and went home (John 4:50). His faith is paramount here, but his obedience is significant. His faith led him to his obedience to go and see. But it gets better! His whole household, touched by his faith, was saved!
His obedience stemmed from his faith.
His house was built on the Rock.
To my soul and yours, take to heart the words of the Lord—walk circumspectly, wisely; understand the will of the Lord (Ephesians 5:15-17). Love the Lord and keep His commandments (John 14:15). Be willing and obedient, for His blessings follow (Isaiah 1:19). Trust the Lord with your whole heart (Proverbs 3:5). Delight in obedience to the Lord, for He is the desire of our hearts.
Dig: The wise build their house on the Rock. Read a Proverb a day, which is part of the Books of Wisdom in God’ Word.
Discover: Ask the Lord to increase your understanding of His will for your life and the obedience to walk in it.
Display: Share the result of this obedience with the members of your family as a testimony of His faithful covenantal blessings.
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.